893.512/418: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Mayer) to the Secretary of State

490. Your 234, October 16, 4 p.m.

1. Following from American consul general, Cantoitem:

“October 17, 10 a.m. Chen tells me Canton regime wishes to follow as near as possible Tariff Conference in fixing schedules of [Page 882] new taxes and has asked me unofficially to obtain list of luxuries tentatively agreed upon by the [omission] also minutes of the Conference, if and when available. Please reply by telegraph.”

2. Consonant with the Department’s desire to keep the record clear by protesting either independently or jointly with the other powers concerned as the case may be against the new taxation at Canton, I request authorization to instruct Jenkins to refuse Chen’s request.